Wow... what a weather day here in NWFL. We got lots of great viewer photos as you can see above. Click this link to see more and thumb through. The lightning was probably the most amazing part of the storms last night and today!
There were hints y'day things would be pretty active today. After looking over things this AM I knew I would have to cut my 'honey-do' list short and head into work early!!
I showed this map (water vapor) on Monday (and again tonight) when I was talking about the t'storm risk increasing this week over NWFL. The reason why is because 'low pressure' helps to lift the atmosphere and foster t'storm development. This low yesterday was near the First Coast of Florida and today it was closer to I-75. That brought the storm risk over our region today. The green area on the map indicates high moisture content in the form of shower and storms. Below is a good description of what happened today... it came from USAToday.com.
The cold pool aloft helped create a ripe atmosphere for strong to severe storms and even some small hail.
The above map shows the various wind damage reports we had over our area today. Thankfully most of the damage was confined to trees and power lines and not to structural damage of homes. Some of that damage was near Northwest Beaches Int'l off 388. This is some video from the scene I posted to my FB account.
This is the radar image from the time the storm damage occurred.
Finally, if you were lucky (or unlucky) to get under some of the storms... you likely got some impressive rainfall totals. I had several 3"+ reports on the east side of PC. That will again be possible Wednesday as the storms develop. Keep in mind though that some areas will see very little.
So, as we get ready to have a repeat of today tomorrow... remember some simple tips to keep you and your family safe...
1. When Thunder Roars... Head Indoors. If you can hear thunder... you are close enough to be struck.
2. Turn Around, Don't Drown.... when major flooding will not occur... some minor street flooding could in some of the intense thunderstorms. If water every crosses the road... never cross it. You do not know if the road has been washed out. It only takes 2' of water to float a car!
3. Stay weather aware... sign up for severe weather text alerts at WJHG.com to be informed when warnings are issued.
4. The primary threats from the storms on Wednesday will again be... damaging wind, lightning, heavy rain, and some hail.
5. Also, make sure to follow myself and Jim Loznicka on Twitter and Facebook for updates while you are on social media.
Thanks for watching and stay weather aware!
Chief Meteorologist, WJHG-TV